Barzee was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho where her family loved camping, hiking, and exploring the Magic Valley. During high school, she was actively involved in student government, yearbook and a nationally recognized Lincoln Douglas Debater. Having graduated early from high school to work as a Page for the Idaho House of Representatives, Danielle returned to Boise to pursue a degree in political science at Boise State University where she was part of the Honors Program. As part of BSU, Danielle attended college in the south faculty mathematics through the eyes of children and teachers France for her second year of college.

She studied international studies, French, French History and Literature for her year abroad while traveling throughout Europe. However, it was her experience working with a middle school in learning the English Language that inspired her passion for teaching and thus changing her college focus from international law to education. Barzee graduated from Idaho State University with her degree in Secondary Education, emphasis in French and Political Science. She returned to Twin Falls where her first teaching job was in Buhl, Idaho at the middle school. She taught 7th grade social studies along with reading and yearbook production.

While working, Danielle returned to college earning her Master’s degree in Administration Leadership from the University of Idaho. After seven years in Buhl, Danielle returned home to work at her former junior high, Vera C. O’Leary Junior High where she taught 9th grade Geography. Later, as O’Leary transitioned from a junior high to middle school, Danielle was hired to be the Associate Principal where she spent six years in a leadership capacity and ended her years with Twin Falls School District as the Interim Principal at OMS. As change is a natural process of life, Danielle and her family found themselves moving to Meridian a year ago from their hometown of Twin Falls as her husband Eric accepted a position as an investigator for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. Danielle and Eric have two grown sons: Brody, a 21 year old adult with Down syndrome, just transitioned from high school to the work force and Morgan, a recent graduate of RMHS will be starting college this fall.

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